Girl spanked to death in the name of God - The Horrors of Religion

I am posting this as a blog because I wanted to write a comment about the video.

The story in the video is about those in the fundamentalist movement who take the bible literally when it says you should beat a child. The book that is referenced in the video goes into detail on how this should be done. As a father I am sickened by this. 

There have been a couple posts recently on how atheists should be respectful of religion and let people do what they want as long as they keep it to themselves. As long as it doesn't affect us.  These people did just that. They beat their children, according to the bible, in the privacy of their own home. It didn't affect me right?

This is why I fight. This is why I am vocal. This is why I have a disgust for religion. This is why we need to stand up and speak out. Because, the little girl who died could not speak up for herself. This behavior is in-humane and whether you are on the fringe like this family or just refer to the bible now and then when looking for excuses on how to behave, to me they are all equally accountable for the death of that child.



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Comment by Luke Scientiae on August 21, 2011 at 5:36am

Yes, well done, TJ. Let's punish violent tendencies with physical violence. That will send the right message. If you notice, that's exactly what Pearl says in the video, that physical punishment is good for teaching kids that violence is wrong. So your suggestion neatly fits in with his values. Hmmm.


Comment by Ron V on August 21, 2011 at 9:28am

Yet another reason to be repulsed by the Bible

Comment by Athiel Deophagy on August 21, 2011 at 9:43am
The one thing about this report that irks me is that they are now trying to blame ANOTHER book: That if these people hadn't read "To Train A Child" this wouldn't have happend. Don't get me wrong: The author is scum, but it was the parents who took it upon themselves to beat their child to death. No one else is to blame. In this case, the reporter and the DA are as bad as Christians: "The book made them do it"... sounds a lot like "the Devil (or God) made me do it".

People want something they can blame for every violent act or mystery they can't solve. We need to seriously grow up and learn to take responsibility and place blame where it belongs, not constantly scape goat. Otherwise, we as (hopefully) rational atheists are as bad as the bible thumpers- even if not to the same degree.
Comment by Luke Scientiae on August 21, 2011 at 9:51am



Whilst they do blame the book written by Pearl, they also make it clear that his ideas are underpinned by a belief in the Bible. So I don't think the Bible gets off scott free.



Comment by Ron V on August 21, 2011 at 10:09am

There is a saying in Tort Law with respect to responsibility/liability - "but not for.."

If it were not for taking the Bible literally and/or the influence of the other book, would this child be dead?

One cannot ignore the Bible or the other book trying to understand this or assign responsibility/liability.  True, they are only potential influences and the parents have to take responsibility for this, but they believed they were acting properly with respect to their religious beliefs based on the Bible.  Again, "but not for"....the Bible.

Comment by Sarah Auron on August 21, 2011 at 1:57pm

Wait a minute!! At 3:26 he says that, when discovering that a child has hit his sister, you should "explain to him that what he's done is violent, and that that's not acceptable... And I'd take him somewhere... tell him I'm going to give him 15 licks... might use a belt, that's handy..."  So you explain to the child that hitting is violent and wrong, and then you take him into a room and... hit him with a belt... What is a child supposed to make of that?!

Comment by Dale Headley on August 21, 2011 at 6:36pm

   Ain't religion wonderful?

Comment by GAIL SUSAN PRICE on August 21, 2011 at 7:04pm

My bible accidently got thrown out the back door for the dog to chew on

Comment by Victor Pettengill on October 25, 2011 at 8:35am

I cannot even begin to express how sickening this is.... I was raised with spanking.... but what that book condones is not spanking... it is ritualistic torture and that is just beyond words... I also cannot believe that the parents only got 22 years for what they did to that child.... and people wonder why the world is in the state that it is..... ...............

Comment by Tom Holm on May 26, 2012 at 11:26pm
Omg I got whoppings as a child but never with no fucking rod!! And it was not in the name of jesus far as I know. my moms always used to say "common sense is the best gift god could give man, but people don't seem to use it" and these idiots really didn't use theirs.


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